Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis stated, “Greece-US bilateral relations are at their best,” during his meeting with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in Hania, Crete on Saturday, 6 January 2024.
Blinken responded, acknowledging the strength of their bilateral ties, adding, “We are standing together facing some of the most acute challenges that we’ve seen, but the fact that we’re standing together, that we’re working together, is a tremendous source of strength and reassurance for the United States.”
After a private meeting, which set off at 5.30 p.m. on Saturday, Prime Minister Mitsotakis hosted US Secretary of State Antony Blinken at his residence for the celebration of Epiphany.
The visit included a cooperation meeting attended by Greek Foreign Minister Mr. Georgios Gerapetritis, Deputy Foreign Minister Ms. Alexandra Papadopoulou, US Ambassador to Athens, Mr. George Tsunis and US State Department Deputy Spokesperson Mr. Tom Sullivan.
On the agenda were Gaza, Ukraine, Greek-Turkish relations and defense matters.
Government sources indicated a commitment to further positive steps in defense cooperation between the two nations, highlighting Greece as a consistent and reliable partner.
Regarding the F35 fighter jets, it was underscored that Greece, as a steadfast ally, would receive what was agreed upon. During the warm hour-and-twenty-minute meeting, Mitsotakis and Blinken exchanged views on international and regional matters, focusing on developments in the Middle East.
Mitsotakis expressed growing concerns about the humanitarian situation in Gaza and the risks of crisis escalation, emphasising the need for uninterrupted humanitarian aid flow and Greece’s support of the UN resolution for a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict.
Discussions encompassed the situation in Ukraine, with Blinken thanking Greece for its early support.
Blinken’s tour includes Middle Eastern and Eastern Mediterranean countries amid concerns about Gaza’s war expansion. The tour spans Israel, the West Bank, Turkey, Greece, Jordan, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Egypt.